Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

How to Have in the Burg: L Train Weekend Clusterf**k

February 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen more and more problematic service changes on subway lines than this weekend. (Well, we probably have, but whatever…) In a lot of Brooklyn stations, you can spend 10 minutes reading and trying to figure out the changes on the lines you are trying to take. The L Train is a particular pleasure. Trains are running to Manhattan every 16 minutes. As a shuttle. They are running out to Rockaway Parkway every eight minutes, again, as a shuttle. All this leaves hundreds of people milling about the platform WTF is going on. Trains from Rockaway Parkway pull in on what would normally be the side where trains going in that direction stop, and disgorge passengers. Then, they have to wait for a shuttle train from Union Station (running every 16 minutes) to pull in on the other side. Meanwhile, an announcement says “The Manhattan-bound train terminates at Bedford Avenue.” Huh? Well, it does, then it turns around, packed like a sardine can and heads back to Union Square. Where it ends. It entirely skips Third Avenue, but no announcement is ever made. We took the 4 back to Brooklyn and it terminates at Atlantic Avenue where you can catch the 2 or the 3. If you were planning to go elsewhere….best of luck. Read the service changes before you attempt to go anywhere.

Tags: Subway

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lamarch // Feb 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “Subway lines” = “The L train?” My lines are running fine.

  • 2 wisco // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    they are doing night time track work. it’s not that complicated. signs have been up for awhile explaining it.